The Eggs in the Benedict

Posted by on Aug 20, 2012 in Recording | 0 comments

It’s true, I’ve seen a little too much TV…

I recently acquired an electric griddle and started cooking at the studio.  Not only has it saved me from bringing a lunch every day (not to mention dinner and so often breakfast), but it is teaching me valuable lessons about preparation. You see, it’s the first non-stick cooking ‘thing’ I’ve ever really owned and I really had to figure out how best to use it.

The first eggs I cooked on it stuck to the pan and I was naturally annoyed.  Who wants to scrape eggs off a pan? No One!  That’s who.  It wasn’t until a recent mistake that I realized what I was doing wrong.  Let me explain.

A few days ago I was busier than I’ve been in quite some time.  So much so I’d forgotten to eat breakfast, didn’t notice I was hungry for lunch, and didn’t even think about food until well into the evening.  For certain, this wasn’t the first time it has happened and won’t be the last.  However, on this particular day, I decided to turn on the electric griddle and was immediately distracted.

I walked by the griddle a few minutes later to smell it just on the edge of burning (what was there to burn, the air?!?!) and quickly rush to the fridge containing the last pair of eggs and cracked them in…  They fried up nice as I buttered some toast and within minutes I had a lovely little sandwich, with NO mess!!!

The reason I’m telling this mundane little story is to make a point.  Because I properly prepared the pan (warmed it up correctly) before cracking the eggs, the eggs turned out the way I wanted them too.  The same concept is applied in recording.  Again, let me explain.

This can go two(2) ways.

1. Prepare

First, prepare properly for the studio and your recordings will turn out the way you want them to.  That means practice, plan, organize, communicate… all are things that make pre-production such an essential part, and all things we routinely take for granted thinking we can jam a song out a couple times and we’re suddenly rehearsed.

2. Warmup

Second, warmup with your instrument.  There are exercises for every instrument in the world that are great ways to stretch out your fingers, lips, limbs, vocal chords, or whatever it is you use to manipulate your instrument.  If you warm up BEFORE hitting record, you’ll spend less time recording because you’ll start READY.  No Mess.

And yes, I know.  Easier said than done.  But like I said, no one want’s to clean up a messy egg.